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READ: Badass photo of her with bolt cutters used to break into 125 Delancey to stage The Real Estate Show

Ann Messner

New York, NY


Throughout her career, artist and activist Ann Messner has consistently challenged the unresolved schisms between notions of private life/space and public/civic experience, focusing on the relationship between the individual and the larger social body within public space or discourse.





  • Ann was a key player in The Real Estate Show, breaking ground as one of the first art shows to expose the inequities of real estate in New York
  • More recently she critically analyzed the “war on terror” through a series of tabloid and video works created with direct- action collective A.R.T. link
  • Meteor, her 1980 public intervention in Times Square, presaged our current age of technological reliance and interconnectedness